Age | 63
Address | 4624 Eyerly St., North Myrtle Beach
Occupation | cosmetologist/ cosmetology teacher and business owner
Family | married to David Hatley; one son, Chad Hatley; one granddaughter, Amelia Hatley
Civic and political experience | member of Risen Christ Lutheran Church, member of North Myrtle Beach Womans Club, chairman of the Horry County League of Cities, founder of Coastal Alliance, a founder and board member of Coastal Carolina National Bank, past board member of the S.C. Municipal Association, served on the board of the American Red Cross (local chapter), served on North Myrtle Beach Planning Commission, served five years on city council and three terms as mayor of North Myrtle Beach
Education | attended University of South Carolina, licensed cosmetology teacher, graduate of Beauxs Art College of Cosmetology, graduate of the S.C. Municipal Elected Official Institute, certificate from The Bank Directors College
Military experience | none
Contact information | 457-7809
Question | Is the city doing a good job of balancing the needs of residents with those of tourists?
Answer | Yes, I think our city is doing a good job of balancing the needs of residents and tourists. As mayor, I have always taken into consideration, Will the decisions I make be in the best interest of the residents as well as businesses? We have built community parks, provided many programs at our recreational department for young families, retirees and visitors. We built an aquatic/fitness center to provide a healthier lifestyle for residents and tourists, a Farmers Market and partnered with Horry County for the construction of a new library.
Infrastructure has been improved with our Underground Utility Program, allowing us to secure fiber-optic lines for the community. We are in construction of our fourth stormwater outfall project that will lower bacteria in swim zones, relieve inland flooding and protect our beach renourishment. North Myrtle Beach has added new educational programs like our Public Safety Academy and City Managers Academy.
We have welcomed our residents in government as volunteers, board and commission members. I, along with city council, am dedicated to protect and respect our families and citys traditional values.
Question | What can the city do to bring more jobs to the area and/or support younger families as well as the retiree population?
Answer | As I attend municipal and national League of Cities conferences, as well as mayors conferences, I have learned the number one issue facing all cities is the creation of jobs. Cities provide the sense of place and belonging that companies and their families are looking for in a location. Providing infrastructure, fire and police protection is very important, but we must also provide a sense of community with family activities, cultural activities and a vibrant downtown.
One of our town goals is to enhance economic development. We are in construction of a sports/recreational complex that will grow our sports tourism in North Myrtle Beach and expand recreational activities for our residents. We have positioned our city as leaders in alternative energy as a wind energy demonstration city.
It is important as a city to support and encourage the Horry County Schools system, as they have shown great progress, and support our higher educational institutes in providing education and training for job creation. Willingness to diversify our economy and working with the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. will enhance our ability to attract new businesses.
Great weather, low taxes and demographics make us a perfect place to do business.